A ketogenic diet or keto diet as it’s more commonly known is well known for being a low carb high-fat diet.
When you eat sugar or carbohydrates are stored as fat in order to be used as energy later.
When you’re consistently eating food rich in carbohydrates, your body produces glucose for energy and this serves as the go-to source for powering your body’s processes.
When you eat something high in carbs, your body will produce glucose and insulin.
Glucose is the easiest molecule for your body to convert and use as energy so that it will be chosen over any other energy source.
Insulin is produced to process the glucose in your bloodstream by taking it around the body.
Since the glucose is being used as your primary energy, your fats are not needed and are therefore stored. Typically on a normal, higher carbohydrate diet, the body will use glucose as the main form of energy.
By lowering the intake of carbs, the body is induced into a state known as ketosis.
WHAT IS KETOSIS?
Ketosis is a natural process the body initiates to help us survive when food intake is low.
During this state, we produce ketones, which are produced from the breakdown of fats in the liver to be used as energy.
Our bodies are incredibly adaptive to what you put into it – when you overload it with fats and take away carbohydrates, it will begin to burn ketones as the primary energy source.
The end goal of a keto diet is to force your body into this metabolic state. We don’t do this through starvation of calories but starvation of carbohydrates.
Many people find that it is beneficial in losing weight rather quickly. Part of this reason is that when your body starts converting fat into energy, you will lose your cravings for sugar.
The ketogenic diet spurs your body to speed metabolism and start burning its internal nutrient stores, rather than stockpiling them.
The advantage of following a ketogenic diet is that it is a relatively painless way to lose weight. You can get your satiety from the consumption of fat and a moderate level of protein.
The truth is that most diets that people follow are short-term programs that are highly unnatural. The ketogenic diet is a sensible alternative to starvation diets.
The ketogenic diet also has other benefits such as weight loss, physical and mental health benefits.